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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 18, 2010 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best shows ever poll?

My experience as well...I saw the majority of my shows from '84-'88 and had a great time at all of them....but I WISH I could have been touring from '72-'78 instead (my first show was 1/11/79--at least i got to see one with Keith and Donna!)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 18, 2010 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best shows ever poll?

Ha! That was a good one, GC ("woodwork"!)...

Well, as has been said above, very difficult to narrow it down. I will add the following list of shows, but rather than going with just my favs, I will attempt to insert what CLIFF termed the "classic" factor...IE, does the show seem historically significant to fans, and is overall, an important show.

Knowing how hard it is to do for me, when sticking to the early era ALONE, I would go a bit further and say I'll nominate a "run" of nights...taking this approach, I think it is easier to select a few early era shows/runs that MIGHT qualify for consideration...

10-12/13-68: lots of folks like them, historically significant due to playing without PP, as they would do for "most" of their existence.

2-27/2-69: this might be the ONE, since if we go with a "run" it stands out as the one they worked up to for most of fall 68 and spring 69, and many folks pick the Fillmore Live Dead as critical to their DEAD experience listening wise.

2-13/14-70 or 5-13/14-70: as above, the addition of the acoustic material was seminal in bringing "Live Dead meets American Beauty and Workingman's" material together. Either of these runs might fit the bill?

9-17/20-70: pers favs here, and not sure it is as historic a run as the above, but...?

12-4/7-71: this or the Feb 2-18 run might qualify, but doubt they displace Fillmore?

Assume it will irritate some that "runs" replaced "show" but something to consider...

How about you GC--fav run in 77 or 78 that might do it for you?

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jan 18, 2010 12:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best shows ever poll?

Nice "run" summation, WT....I do love that '68 run myself, even being a late 70's guy by nature...

For me I'd say the 9/26-28 1972 run at the Stanley Theater, NJ is one of the band's greatest...not historically so, maybe, but all 3 shows are killer.

The May 7-9th run 1977 (Boston, Cornell, Buffalo) is hard to beat, as is the 6/7-6/9 1977 Winterland run...

....and even tho' it's not a consecutive run of shows, I would nominate a huge chunk of April 1978 as one of the best collection of shows ever. Start with 4/8/78, add on 4/12, 4/16, and finish with 4/24 and you can't lose.